I've Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy
posted on December 13
Luke 2:10-11; Psalm 30:11-12
I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart…WHERE?...down in my heart…WHERE?...down in my heart…a song I sang as a child with loud enthusiasm…truth be known, I still do. As I grew older and wiser, though, I began to ponder…why is the joy way down in my heart? Shouldn’t joy be bubbling up, spilling over, splashing on others around me? Sounds good. But there are days my joy is so really deep down in my heart that what is bubbling up and over is not happy. Joy can seem elusive at times. Joy itself does not leave, but we tend to misplace it or lose it when certain circumstances overtake us.
So where does your joy reside beside down in your heart? In the delightful giggles of your children and/or grandchildren? Around a table ladened with your favorite foods and those you love? Reading words of comfort or adventure from your special author while snuggled under a comfy blanket in your quiet spot? In a hot shower while singing loudly? While digging in the good earth? As you savor the perfect beverage? As you rest before a cozy fire? Joy is surely found here in these places and in many more, with the folks we treasure. Once upon a time, the whole world was sent joy through a sweet tiny baby boy…” The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master,” This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger,” Luke 2:10-11 records (The Message).
With the birth of each of my children and grandchildren, joy abounded!! Angels should have announced their arrival and heralded the wondrous gifts they would offer to the world! It is a sweet but faulty sentiment. Thanks be to God, the true Joy did come, and for the whole world, not just for my family. Psalm 30:11-12, (The Message), expresses this joy perfectly when we receive God’s gifts but it is especially perfect for the Gift given to us all, “You did it: you changed wild lament into whirling dance; You ripped off my black mourning band and decked me with wildflowers. I'm about to burst with song; I can't keep quiet about you. God, my God, I can't thank you enough.”
As you celebrate this third Sunday of Advent, do so with joy that springs eternal from the gift God sent us as a sweet baby boy, Jesus the Christ. This joy can not be washed away, taken away, stolen away, pandemiced away, not as long as we cling to the true Joy.
Enjoy those things that bring you joy, relish them and let them erupt from down in your heart, spilling over and splashing on to those around you!
Don’t keep quiet, thank God non-stop!
Wait with hope, wait in peace but do so with great JOY! Come, Lord Jesus, come.
Jumping for joy,
Kim Eller, District Lay Leader
Northern Piedmont District